Overview

Born out of the Construction Sector Deal, with £72 million from the UK Research and Innovation’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Construction Innovation Hub’s mission is to be a catalyst for change.

Combining a unique blend of expertise from the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) and the Building Research Establishment (BRE), the Hub is working with industry and Government partners to transform the UK construction sector through manufacturing technologies and digital ways of working that are trusted and secure. In doing so, we want to deliver better outcomes for the economy, for society and the environment.

The Hub is a core partner of UK Research & Innovation’s Transforming Construction Challenge (TCC) programme, which aims to transform the construction sector, enabling it to produce safe, healthy, efficient building using the latest digital manufacturing techniques. Other TCC partners include the Active Building Centre and Transforming Construction Network Plus.

Our four core themes

Our transformative programme is structured around the four core themes of Value, Manufacturing, Assurance and Digital.

Each theme is led by an impact director and draws on the unique expertise of the Hub’s three partner organisations as well as our industry and government partners to ensure that we are delivering impact in the way buildings are designed, manufactured, integrated and connected within our built environment.

Our key objectives

To ensure our transformative programme delivers a lasting impact, we are:

  • Working with five government departments (Health, Justice, Education, Defence and Transport) to support their adoption of the Transforming Infrastructure Performance presumption in favour of offsite by 2019;
  • Combining this support with research to understand how the industry must change in terms of skills, product standards, capacity and innovation;
  • Developing, prototype, test and demonstrate standardised construction platforms (assemblies, components and rulesets) – for social infrastructure and applications to other build types;
  • Developing new digital approaches to quality control, testing & validation, and regulatory compliance;
  • Working with the housing sector and major infrastructure projects to help to transfer the learning to other build types;
  • Undertaking an academic programme to support the creation of frameworks and rules which will underpin the future digital built environment and grow exports for UK knowhow;
  • Ensuring that standards, product data and architectures are developed and made available to the construction manufacturing supply chain to deliver against and to support UK export growth;
  • Embedding security-mindedness into the programme to ensure management of data, design and product information minimises physical, cyber and digital security risks; and,
  • Working with and through the wider Transforming Construction Challenge (TCC) programme, industry networks and government stakeholders to ensure aligned effort and maximise transformational impact.